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The Twin Cities may be known for having 10,000 lakes and wonderful, friendly people, but the region also has an amazing music scene. It's a great place for aspiring musicians and a wonderful place to learn drums, and that's what I'm here for. My name is William, and I teach drum lessons in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to take drum lessons in Saint Paul or Minneapolis, here are a few things to do and see to supplement your lessons in the Twin Cities!

The Twin Cities have a rich and ever-developing musical history. Prince, The Replacements, and Hüsker Dü are just a few of the big names that have come out of the Minneapolis area. Have you ever heard the surf rock hit "Surfin’ Bird?" That's from our local group, The Trashmen. If you’re more of a hip hop fan, there’s Brother Ali, Atmosphere, and Doomtree. Minneapolis boasts an awesome singer-songwriter scene and includes artists like Caroline Smith and Jeremy Messersmith, and bands like Now, Now and Poliça.

In addition to the famous musical acts, there's also a thriving local music scene. When you're learning drums, it's always great to check out other artists for inspiration, and there's no shortage of live music in Minneapolis. There are shows at different venues every night of the week. You can catch national touring acts and local groups at venues like First Ave & 7th Street Entry, the Turf Club, the Cedar Cultural Center, and the Triple Rock Social Club. Check out their websites below: http://first-avenue.com/ http://turfclub.net/ http://www.thecedar.org/ http://www.triplerocksocialclub.com/

It's wonderful to live in a community where music is part of the culture and lifestyle. Do you want to unleash your creativity in this supportive environment? It’s time to get out there! Start attending shows and find out what kind of music inspires you while taking drum lessons in Saint Paul or Minneapolis. There's lots of places to experience jazz, folk, rock, hip hop, electronica, and classical music.

So now it’s time for you to make your own contribution to the rich Twin Cities music scene. Not sure how to get started? Well, that's where a private drum teacher comes in. There are lots of great teachers to choose from if you want to take drum lessons in Saint Paul or Minneapolis. So, what are you waiting for?

Good luck, and have fun!

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I am very comfortable with all major areas of Percussion: Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Latin Percussion, Steel Pan, Percussion Ensemble. I work to find effective ways to have people discover their hidden talents and show them how to build skills to play at whatever level they want.

About Kevin
I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever level they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are. 

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Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to f
ind out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!

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2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!

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I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion
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Tara October 29, 2018
· Steel Drums · In studio
Kevin is a great instructor! I am an adult learning steel drum for the first time with no music bacground.
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Gigi September 3, 2018
· Xylophone · Online
Good class
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Kevin C. April 20, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is a great teacher. Looking forward to the future !
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Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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- 10 Years Teaching Experience
- Professional Musician
- Flexible teaching style (written notation, ear training, play-a-long songs)
- Patient & fun learning environment

About John
Hi, I'm John! I'm a full-time musician, currently splitting my time between teaching drums and touring with indie rock band Step Rockets. I've been fortunate enough to spend the past 12 years teaching, recording, and performing across North America.

I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble while studying percussion with jazz veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I then spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in the Twin Cities.

I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages
and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

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I provide a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. I tailor my curriculum based on my students' skill level and interests. I can teach any number of drum set skills, from technique and music reading to advanced coordination and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio w/ Full Drum Kit

*** Specialties ***
Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique; Genres: Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, etc.
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Maddy August 7, 2018
· Percussion · In home
John is our perfect instructor: approachable, positive, encouraging, upbeat, makes my shy child comfortable and motivated. We love him!
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Santiago July 24, 2018
· Drum · In home
John has been awesome. My 8 year old son is very excited with his drum classes. John sets a very inviting tone and great environment to learn. Would highly recommend.
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Maddy July 10, 2018
· Percussion · In home
John is a perfect instructor for my daughter, who is shy & responds to positive yet structured instruction. She is already practicing for next week :)
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Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Rhythm is one of the essential elements of music. A background in drumming can help you to better understand any instrument.

About Eric
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

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Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well
as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Thuy-Dung September 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Eric really listens to where you are at with your playing and builds off of that in order to help you reach your goals.
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Burnam July 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Eric did a great job encouraging my son to participate. He was very patient and kept my son engaged in the whole session. We are looking forward to our next lessons.
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Taylor June 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Attentive, and I felt like we got right to playing. The hour went by real quick, but I feel like I gained something already, and expect to learn more in future lessons.

Did a great job of meeting me halfway on my experience level.
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Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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23 Years playing experience, 13 years of teaching, stage performance, technique, rudiments, drills, fills, all styles, specializes in rock, funk, hip-hop and R&B.

About Colin
Colin has 20 years of experience spanning all genre's and styles of music. Countless hours of stage performance with bands. A love, drive and passion for music and drumming you won't find in any other instructor! Multiple studio recordings both behind the mixing board and behind the drum set. 10 years of teaching experience, realizing the importance of setting a unique curriculum for each student tailored to fit each individual's goals and interests. I have been involved in bands ever since middle school, starting with rock, and moving on to perform in country bands, hip-hop performances, indie rock bands, and progressive rock bands. A strong knowledge of jazz techniques and music theory as well as the ability to read drum sheet music make me a perfect instructor for any student.
I have had many beginner and intermediate level student's
and have become proficient in determining what skills each individual student needs to work on as well as helping students progress in their interests, keeping the lessons fun and the student motivated. I can easily transcribe any song as well! So any song you might want to learn, even if there is no sheet music, is totally doable. I love working in odd time signatures and I prefer fancy hi-hat work over heavy double-bass drum use. Progressive / Indie rock is my favorite genre of music to play, but I have tons of fun playing hip-hop, punk, metal, I dabble in jazz, Latin rhythms, and pretty much anything else. I'm always excited to play drums, and I pass this excitement on in my teachings.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons and curriculum's are built around a students experience level, age, and goals. Students will learn the fundamentals of drumming, as well as the ability to add flair and pizzazz to their playing. Within the first 3 months, a beginning level student will have the ability to play basic beats found in many styles of music, as well as feeling comfortable playing to a metronome and keeping time. Lessons will include routines to be practiced by the student on their own time, as well as fun, exciting techniques to keep students interested and motivated to continue playing.
Each Lesson will hold its own highlights depending on the student. I believe getting to know the student and their goals for their drumming is one of the most important aspects of teaching lessons. Understanding whether the student is looking to drum as a hobby and for fun will change the lesson style dramatically compared to a student looking to make a living off drumming. The types of routines, styles and techniques taught should fit into helping the student reach their desired destination.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement, full band rehearsal set up with 2 drum kits, one for the student, one for the teacher in an acoustically treated room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to have a drum set and drum sticks. I can provide a drum set for lessons but it is important for the student to have a drum set or practice pad to practice.

*** Specialties ***
I have touched on almost every genre of music. I specialize in rock, progressive rock, funk and fusion.
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Kacen V. January 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Colin is very friendly and sociable. He taught us how to set up the drum kits on the first day.
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Luke December 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Relaxed, novel lesson that has kept me thinking.
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Ryan H. April 14, 2015
· Drum · In home
Colin has been an awesome drum teacher for my son! He is very supportive and flexible with my sons abilities. Colin makes the lessons fun and really boosts his confidence. It is easy to tell that Colin has a lot of teaching experience and that he loves to share his musical talents.
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Saint Paul, MN 55106
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No matter what age, or skill level, i will give the student what he/she needs to have a solid foundation. I develop a great rapport with all of my students. Drum(s) include; snare drum work (if you can't wail on one drum more drums won't matter!), this includes reading, rudiments, you know, the good stuff. Drum set work, from beginner to advanced, goes along with snare work, all styles. Mallet percussion, bells, xylophone, marimba. hand percussion, bongos, congas, hand held small percussion.

About john
I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
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Brian Lenart February 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.
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Michael D. July 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
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Sean Lord is a talented, versatile drummer and percussionist with over 10 years of professional experience. He is available for hire for studio recording sessions, concert percussion needs, lessons, full-time and part-time band work and any other musical needs. If you are looking for a drummer or a teacher look no further; Sean Lord combines experience, versatility and quality to bring the best that the percussion world has to offer!

About Sean
I am an active individual with much musical experience ranging from marching, orchestral percussion, world music, and all genres of drum set performance. I have spent the last 6 years playing and touring with the United States Marine Corps Band, but prior to that studied at the University of Nevada. I spent my high school and college days playing with local Pops and Symphony Orchestras as well as marching in competing WGI drum lines. With the Marine Band I have toured in the US, New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii; with the Marine Band I played in Jazz combos, Rock Bands, Concert and Ceremonial Bands, Percussion Ensembles and did solo work with local universities. I have taught Private Lessons for about 7 years and enjoy seeing musicians mature and go on to strut their stuff!
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Sean L.

Anoka, MN 55303
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My name is James Brown and I am a professional drummer who have been playing for over 25 years. I have had the opportunity to play/share the stage with some pretty well known artist like Toni Estes, Gary Jenkins(Silk), Ethan Kent, K.Avett, Algebra, and Anthony David just to name a few. I have also had the privilege to play and be apart of different stage play productions like Mommas Boy and You Cant Raise A Man. Taking lessons with me is more than just learning an instrument. I love people and it excites me to see the light bulb go off when a student is getting it!!! I want to also do life with my students and know how they are doing outside of music because MUSIC is LIFE. Sign up with me and I promise your life will never be the same!!!!

About James
My name is JAMES BROWN and I FEEL GOOD!!! I am a professional drummer of 25 years and teacher for 8. I love people and I have a deep passion to play the drums and teach. Lessons with me are more than just about playing the drums but its also about doing life with my students and being there as well. When the light bulb goes off inside of my students and they get it. Seeing that is one of the best feelings in the world. Take lessons with me and change your life FOREVER!!!!
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James B.

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Hi! My name is Cindy and I am an experienced percussion lessons teacher. I teach people of all ages from beginner to advanced, as well as students with learning disabilities and spectrum disorders. These lessons are for solo instruments including marimba, snare drum, timpani, and other instruments, along with instruments for orchestra, band, and other ensembles. I also teach beginner drum set lessons where we would focus on coordination and learning different styles and genres. Lesson are customized and catered to the needs of each individual student. Please message me if you are interested or if you have questions or concerns!

About Cindy
Cindy Willis is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Dr. Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards. She received her Bachelor's degree from The Florida State University where she studied under Dr. John W. Parks IV. Shortly after graduating from FSU, she relocated to Pflugerville, Texas. She presently works as the Front Ensemble director at Vista Ridge High School.

Cindy has taught private lessons at several schools in Austin, including the award-winning Stiles Middle School who recently performed at the Midwest Convention in Chicago, Benold Middle School, and Georgetown High School.

In the 2016-17 school year, Cindy served as the Assistant Percussion Director Lake Travis ISD in Austin, TX where she headed the percussion program at Hudson Bend Middle School and
assisted with the marching band and concert band at Lake Travis High School. Prior to LTISD, Cindy worked with several programs in the Greater Austin area, including percussion studios in the Georgetown, Pflugerville, and Leander Independent School Districts. Prior to becoming an educator in the Austin area, Cindy played marimba in 2008 for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps and for the Boston Crusaders from 2009-2010.

From 2013 to 2014, Cindy performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Tallahassee, FL and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, FL as a percussion section member.

Cindy has worked with multiple indoor percussion ensembles including Monarch Independent Percussion from Magnolia, TX and Rhythmic Force from Austin, TX. From 2016 to 2017, she was the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps from Houston, TX.

Cindy has been extremely fortunate to study and work with some of the greatest Percussionists in the activity, including Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Omar Carmenates, Matt Jordan, Dr. Tommy Dobbs, Dr. Justin Alexander, Dr. Megan Arns, and Andrew Beall.
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In my lessons, I foucus on the techniques on drums, music listening, rhythm understanding and musicality as a musician. My goal as a teacher is to help my students to find out what their goals are musically, encourage them to do the practices and guide them into the right direction, so that in the end of the day, they would be able to play what they really like, be better on the instrument and have fun with it!

About Wen-Ting
I am a drummer who loves sharing my love of music based in New York City. I have a Master Degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College, and have worked and played in a lot of different bands and ensembles, such as Jazz small ensembles, Jazz big band, award winning Indie Band, percussion group. I have also participated in "Rooftop Zoo" Jazz Musical and accompanied for dancers in Dance Concerts too. From my rich experiences of playing in different settings, I developed a diverse ability on the instrument but at the same time, keep my personel style and sound unique and authentic. And I would love to share all these experiences with people from who are interested in gaining more music knowledge to people who are trying to learn and improve on rhythm and drums to people who wants to become professional drummer! I play Jazz, funk, R&B/Soul
, Pop, Latin, Contemporary and Rock.

I have performed with various group in Washionton Square Music Festival (with Frank Lacy Group), CUNY Jazz Festival, National Theater Concert Hall Summer Jazz Festival (with featuring artist Antonio Hart and Michael Phillip Mossman), Taichung Jazz Festival, Golden Melody Festival, GonGliao Rock Festival, Wake Up Music Festival, NTU Art Festival and prestigious venues in New York such as National Sawdust, Smalls Jazz Club, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theater, Williamsberg Music center, Terraza 7, Shrine, and Silvana to name a few.

I've been teaching as a drum instructor since 2012 and has been a part of the Faculty working closely with Michael Philip Mossman and Antonio Hart in the National Theater and Concert Hall Jazz camp in Taiwan teaching workshops and conducting Jazz ensembles.
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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in Saint Paul, MN

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in Saint Paul is $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 and $60 per hour.

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